A natural appearing permanent cosmetic lip liner can be applied to give more definition and correct uneven lips, which will result in a fuller appearance. The procedure also helps prevent lipstick from bleeding and can minimize the appearance of wrinkles. Full lip colour can be applied in either a natural hue or a more vivid one. Your technician will help you choose the correct colour that best suits your individual preference. You can wear your permanent lip colour alone in a natural tone or apply different shades of lipstick over your permanent lip colour for those occasions when you prefer a more dramatic look.
Sometimes lip liner alone can look artificial. If the colour complements your skin tone or you really like the look of a definitive line around the lips, then lip liner may be a good choice for you. If your choice of colour contrasts with your skin tone, a full lip colour procedure is a better choice. Remember, small lips will only look smaller with a defining lip liner so a full lip procedure is recommended in this case as well.
You will find that the colour will last much longer when applied over permanent cosmetic lip colour than it did to a bare lip.
The colouring and shape of the natural lip is unpredictable, therefore it is common for a technician to request a consultation before an appointment for the actual procedure is scheduled. At the consultation, your colour and shape objectives and probability of success with permanent cosmetic pigments and techniques will be discussed.
Typically before scheduling an appointment you will be asked if you have ever had a cold sore or fever blister before on your lips. If you are prone to these conditions we will provide you with the necessary medication, which you will need to consume within 5days prior to your appointment.
If you and the consulting technician have agreed to go forward and schedule an appointment, the technician may suggest that the timing does not coincide with any important events. Lips appear very vibrant for a few days after the initial procedure and dryness associated with the healing process requires the application of a moisturizing product.
In booking your appointment you will be asked to choose between a topical pre-procedure anaesthetic and receiving an oral nerve block which will numb the entire lip for approximately 3hours. A lip liner will be drawn on by the technician before the permanent cosmetic lip colouring will proceed. The work table will be assembled with one-time-use accessories, a sterilized needle will be opened, the needle assembled into the device and the procedure begins.
Immediately after the permanent cosmetic procedure the colour will appear very vibrant. Within a few days the outer layer of the permanent makeup will exfoliate. Many times this exfoliation process is inconsistent within the lips. It is important not to disturb the on-going exfoliation process by picking at portions of the lip that have not begun this process. After approximately a week, the majority of the residual lip tattooing has exfoliated off the entire lip area. The lips are somewhat tender and often remain that way to the touch for several weeks. This is why it is recommended to wait a minimum of six to eight weeks before the follow up procedure. Within this waiting period the lips will appear different. They may take on a “frosty” appearance for a few days off and on. They may appear more vibrant if the body is unusually warm (as an example after a warm shower.) Conversely they may appear duller if the body is unusually cool (as an example if you live in an area that has a cold climate ) Within the six-eight week period the lip colour settles in and the colour seen is the final colour resulting from the permanent makeup process. When you return to your technician for the follow up appointment the appearance of the colour and design will be discussed and adjustments made as appropriate.
A follow up appointment will be booked for 6-12 weeks and you will receive an aftercare regimen.